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Veteran singer joins Arcade Fire on next year's bill

Rod Stewart has been announced as the second Isle Of Wight headliners for 2017, joining Arcade Fire on the bill.

The Isle of Wight Festival takes place next year from June 8-11 at Seaclose Park, Newport. It was previously reported that the festival could be cancelled next year.

Billed as his only UK festival appearance next year, Stewart will top the festival bill on the Sunday night. Last year saw Queen + Adam Lambert play the same slot, with Fleetwood Mac gracing it the year before that.

Rod Stewart says of the news: “I have been very lucky to have played many of the world’s finest venues and festivals – but never played the legendary IOW Festival. I am so excited to put that right. June can’t come round soon enough.”

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Isle of Wight Festival Promoter, John Giddings adds: “I’ve wanted Rod Stewart to play at the festival for a number of years – he’s an incredible icon with a career that’s spanned over five decades so it’s impossible to not be a fan. On Sunday night he’ll bring an incredible energy to create an unforgettable moment.”

Isle of Wight festival originally ran between 1968 and 1970 before being revived in 2002. This year’s festival saw 58,000 attend to see headline sets from Status Quo, Faithless, Stereophonics, The Who, Richard Ashcroft, Queen + Adam Lambert and Ocean Colour Scene. Other past headliners include David Bowie, Foo Fighters, The Killers, Blur, Fleetwood Mac and The Rolling Stones.